Throwing some dirt at MS and having fun in the Mud Run...

Saturday June, 2nd proved that you don't have to be a six-year-old kid or a politician to have fun throwing mud around. It was the return of the North Road Mud Run at the New Beginnings Fitness Center and by all reports it will continue to be an annual event to benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis. "This is a great signature event and I'm sure will continue to grow and draw new folks to train and look forward to joining us for a run through our mud pit," said New Beginnings owner Scott Hamann.

The 5K course started at the New Beginnings Fitness Center at mile 16 of the Kenai Spur Highway and went out to the Nikiski Fire Station and through an obstacle course and back to the Fitness Center where the finish line was at the end of a well constructed mud pit some thirty feet long and sixteen feet wide. Being a rather dry spring it took the help of the Nikiski Fire Department to get enough water to stir the mud up at the finish line. Finish line judge tallying points for most dramatic and dirtiest technique pit entry was Frank Kassik of Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop, "We were looking for launch, altitude, and style with attitude and we had some great ones today," Kassik told the Dispatch in an interview. "Not only was Sean Goff of Kenai the first to finish the course, but he was the best pit entry as well, he had a lot style, but the dirtiest was definitely Amanda Burg as the elephant-clown-shark she totally waddled in it, I think she has a great political career ahead of her," laughed Frank. "It was a beautiful day for a run, but this was my first mud finish and it was actually a refreshing finish and a nice way to cool down, it was fun leaping into the mud pit," commented Goff. "It was a blast; I've wanted to do this for a long time. I didn't know there was anything like this around here so when I heard about it I just had to join," said Amanda Burg the elephant-clown-shark.

Whitney Martin, instructor coordinator at New Beginnings Fitness Center was the Mud Run official and helped create the event originally, "It was a good turn out, a lot of good outfits and costumes and it was a lot of fun and we hope it'll continue to grow. The mud pit was a new design this year and worked very well," said Martin. Nineteen runners finished the mud run raising over $700 dollars which was all donated to research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis.

The muddy red lantern award went to Erin Boehme and her 9-year-old son Brenden who lost his hearing aid while having fun in the mud pit, but with the help of several other runners who didn't mind getting right back in the mud quickly retrieved the device which was none the worse for wear.